- Publisher: Fireside (Nov. 1 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671660705
- ISBN-13: 978-0671660703
- Parcel Dimensions: 20.8 x 18.8 x 3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 794 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #739,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Unknown Man: The Mysterious Birth of a New Species Paperback – Nov 1 1988
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From Publishers Weekly
Decrying "the whole New Age lexicon of pseudo-science and pseudo-mysticism," this weightless, witless and copiously illustrated tome nevertheless appropriates New Age themes as it proposes that man is on the verge of attaining an ineffable cosmic consciousness. Playing upon the fears of apocalypse that historically accompany the closing of a century (and especially one that ends a millennium), the author glibly enumerates both material threats to survival and mystical prophecies of doom to prove that we are at a unique point in our evolution as a species and in our role on this planet. Given our astonishing information-processing technologies, for example, "in biological terms it is not unreasonable to conclude that human beings might well be the Earth's way of gaining global consciousness." Disdaining scientists, whom he describes as "blindfolded," Yatri extols and paraphrases Eastern spiritual leaders. He also suggests that the key to our evolution may be the activation of currently unfathomable brain capacities and "dormant" glands like the thymus. The author wisely seeks refuge in a pseudonym ("Yatri" is Hindi for "traveler"). 35,000 first printing in paper.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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1. The graphics and illustrations are wonderful.
2. Yatri compiles a vast quantity of good quotes from knowledgeable and honorable people.
3. His speculations for the future of man are not all that out of reach, given the polluted and radiated environment we are living in today,
which is becoming more polluted and radiated as the USA TECH wars show their ugly presence.
4. Today's life, and death, should be about transcendance, and Yatri's book introduces that to one and strongly compells one to search for a better way to live, a better way to fully live.
5. I love this book, for it gives me a unique hope that men will survive their own collective stupidity and nearsightedness.
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The boilerplate publishers weekly review printed above really confirms how far away most 'normal' people are from the author's vision and perspective. It may be fashionable now to wittily show contempt for the perennial philosophy that is and was the 80's New Age Revival, but this book remains a high water mark of that perennial philosophy.
The author's critiques of conventional science and religion as being impoverished ways of understanding our place in the universe practiced in large part (with a few exceptions of course) by a species of defective and malformed human, are quite valid to me.
What can I say? This is a rare book by its quantity, and a rare book by its content. I've studied philosophy and comparative religion. I seen most of Joseph Campbell's works. I've studied the philosophers of old. Now I say unto You: Get this book! It is truely a rare gem among books! It has a value as does the Bible, or the Mahabharata, or The Enuma Elish. Buy it, read it, understand it. It is for true a book of hope for mankind in these troubled times. I've bought and given away many copies of this fine book, and I'm grateful beyond words to have gotten another copy. Hells, if I could afford to do it, I would have you buy it, and I'd buy you copy if you didn't get it's message. It's right up there with "The Secret" and "What the Bleep Do We Know?"
PLEASE People, check it out!!